Michael A. Gamble

Founder of Pristine Potty

Pristine Potty is a phone application to help consumers rate the restrooms of their favorite dining spots. In an age of pandemic unrest and hygiene consciousness, the Pristine Potty app is dedicated to being the authority on pristine standards for enjoyable dining.

The goal of the CEO and Creator, Michael A. Gamble, is to help create a better dining experience for customers through the use of the Pristine Potty app, while simultaneously alerting forward-thinking restaurant owners of the need to elevate their service through restroom cleanliness.

Pristine Potty has the ability to raise dining standards all over the world, and is available for free download at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Where did the idea for Pristine Potty come from?

While dining out with my small children with an occasional need to change diapers, I never realized how distressful a dirty public restroom could be to my total dining experience, as well as the hazardous impact of unsanitary conditions to my vulnerable children. From fear of being exposed to these elements, I ofttimes would have to resort to using the stroller to change diapers rather than risk my family to an unhygienic environment. I believed others wished to have a pristine restroom experience, also, and would want the management to hear their concerns. Hence, the idea of Pristine Potty came to mind. This would be a simple mobile application that could provide consumers with the ability to rate and share their experience at restaurants. It would highlight clean restrooms as an essential component in helping diners in making choices for where to go for safe, enjoyable dining. The app would allow users to provide feedback about the restrooms in their favorite dining spots with the added incentive of receiving rewards for their feedback!

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

My typical day consists of a routinely early rise at 6:00AM, followed by an update of the financial markets at 6:30 on CNBC. I enjoy my morning Starbucks stop, and then drive to work, which is relatively close to home. Everyday tasks consist of coordinating with my team, taking Zoom calls or multiple phone calls, collaborating on various projects such as transactions, and executing specific strategies required for successful completion in a timely manner.

In addition, some days require school pick-up/drop offs for my children in order to be efficient in managing extracurricular tasks that are necessary but don’t take up much time from getting employment work done. By the end of each successful business day,  I’m planning dinner while evening routines involve spending quality family time. I have found that when I measure my productivity by the number of tasks and duties completed or agendas advanced, each day is more productive.

How do you bring ideas to life?

I spend a lot of time thinking about the idea, its formation and execution. I think through what is feasible before moving forward and whether that move should be done quickly or incrementally. I envision the final product as if it were already manifest; I see its completion as an artist would see his painting at the first stroke. I see my ideas as a work that is a benefit to many and I relish in the goal that I have met.

What’s one trend that excites you?

The rise of technology in the 21st Century has made it possible for people and businesses to increase their potential by expanding resources. With the cost of living rising, individuals will need to expand efficiency in careers which is only achievable through technological advancements. Entrepreneurship is at its height!

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

I collaborate with people who are smarter than me to come up with the best ideas. I always have them poke holes in my idea so that we can determine whether it will work or not before putting too much time and effort into it.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Rise early. Work smart. Invest more in the stock market!

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

There are many reasons why we should not spend so much time lobbying our government. We can do more than just view ourselves as citizens, but also consumers with the power to control the economy and government by exercising economic powers within a GDP that is 72% consumer spending. Our country’s government has never been this dysfunctional in history while having an enormous $8 trillion Fed Reserve balance sheet available for us to utilize instead of depending on them for every solution or assistance needed.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Think and collaborate with smart and successful people.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Building a strong foundation of what you’re developing. From my small business lending, management corporation, or software firm I spend most of my time trying to develop the best thesis for myself and company that consists of timeline and growth trajectory. No matter how fast your business grows at one point in time, it must grow eventually. If not, then it is dead on arrival. Without any progress there is no future!

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

I loaned too much of my funds’ money (MAGCAP, LP) to one client/endeavor that I did not control. When that client went rogue, it was a devastating financial loss to my capital fund. I was able to overcome the loss by having multiple streams of income that mathematically allowed me to recover by reallocating good resources toward the ‘bad’.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

I would recommend starting a content creation business in some form on top of any popular platform. Every company we encounter is very eager to gather our data or study our patterns, but the more they do that, the easier it gets for us as individuals to profit from their presentation of those patterns. The digital world has grown into an international marketplace with ecommerce through ‘peer to peer’ transactions. So, time over content can be a relevant pursuit if you know how best to utilize your skills and creativity online.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

I opened an Identity Guard account. I had my Louis V. bag stolen from the back of my vehicle. I then had to scramble to beat criminals from spending on my credit cards and trying to use authorization forms that were in my bag. It’s a terrible feeling of being violated, and the Identity Guard will assist in protecting my credit and/or identity from crooks.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

The Chase App! No matter where I am, I can move money around, fund payroll, or pay invoices from the comfort of my cell phone.

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

“Resilience” (HBR Emotional Intelligence Series) by Harvard Business Review.

Emotional intelligence is the next level of evolution for most people. Being smart and successful is not enough. The growth of how we treat others and how we engage other people in society has a long way to go.

What is your favorite quote?

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”. – Mark Twain

“Power is only useful as a tool to help the powerless”. – Marcus Flowers (Candidate for US Congress in Georgia)

Key Learnings:

  • Entrepreneurs should invest in the advancement of technology that allows people and businesses to expand their capacity and growth of their resources.
  • Surround yourself with people engaged in smart and successful conversations for the future.
  • Invest in the future of health-conscious concerns such as the 80% of consumers would avoid a restaurant with a dirty restroom—not just avoid the restroom but avoid the restaurant altogether.